Carnival of the True Crime Blogs LVII

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It is time for the weekly Carnival and it is being hosted at The Cellar this week. I am not sure but I believe this is her first time to host the carnival. If you are not familiar with the blog, Captain Fantastic has some of the most extensive coverage you can find on Joseph Duncan. So while you are there you can read more about the infamous “Jazzy Jet.” You can find the carnival at Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #57

And as a special treat this week and a chance to get to know the bloggers, there is an interview with Crime Scene Blog posted at the True Crime Blogroll.

This week’s graphic is courtesy of Captain Fantastic at The Cellar.

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“He ain’t going to do nothing”

Erica Bias, 26, was the loving mother of two young children ages 14 months and 5 months old.
She was a college graduate with a degree in sociology. Relatives say she was hard working and
supported herself and her two children. She and her two children lived with her sister in a basement
apartment.

She was also separated from her husband. Family says there had been problems over the last two to two
and a half years. They say she was going to divorce her husband and he didn’t like that.

It is reported that two months ago the estranged husband kicked in her glass and held her hostage for several
hours before leaving. He was arrested for that incident and spent about a month in jail, but was recently released.

Family says the husband was sending her text messages threatening to kill her and himself. Her father was with her on
Christmas Eve when she received another message and another threat. He tried to get her to make a report on the threats but
but she told her father, “He ain’t going to do nothing, Daddy. I’ll be alright.”

Tuesday, someone came in through an unsecured door in the apartment complex. And when the man came to the door to Bias’s
apartment, her sister opened the door a crack. Allegedly the man pushed the door open and forced his way into the apartment.

There was a struggle and Erica Bias’s throat was cut. The man may have received an injury also, as a trail of blood was found leading
to a nearby woods. Police responded to a call about trouble at the apartment and found Erica Bias lying on the floor bleeding.

Erica Bias died from her wounds.

Police have not name a suspect. But the family thinks they know who it is.

When all this happened police say there were four children in the apartment. Police are not sure if they saw anything.  

local12.com               wcpo.com           news.enquirer.com

I would like to reiterate that no one has been charged with this crime, and though police say they have a suspect they have declined to name them.

With a long history like this and no major injuries, a person may be lulled into a false sense of security. Threats made and not acted on may give
the feeling that nothing is going to happen, that it is just talk and they won’t really do anything.

And maybe they won’t do anything this time or the next time. But when they do, it is usually too late to get help.

Take all threats seriously. Make a report, and if necessary make second and third reports. Follow through on prosecution. Get a protective order and
make sure it is enforced. As long as they are behind bars, they cannot threaten and cannot harm.

And above all, take yourself and your children to a place of safety. Not a relatives home, go to a home they cannot find, leave town or go to a shelter.
No matter how long it has gone on, it is a matter of life and death. Do not wait until ‘eventually’ comes.
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As I was writing this and before I even got it posted, the estranged husband of Erica Bias was found dead near the apartment complex where she was murdered.
The coroner has confirmed an apparent suicide. It is reported that he bled to death.

Erica Bias had taken out a restraining order on her estranged husband Marcus, 28. Police have confirmed he was a suspect in her murder.

wcpo.com                  wlwt.com          news.enquirer.com

Not a Marriage Made in Heaven

At a New Year’s Eve party Stephen Mujerm Mbah, 40, proposed to begin a new life and he asked his girlfriend Victorine Taboh to marry him. She accepted and the two stayed with their friends at the party.

When they left the party about 6 am two of their friends rode with them with Mbah was driving. During the ride a problem reportedly developed. Taboh and the passengers complained that Mbah was driving recklessly so he stopped the car along the berm and Mbah and Taboh got out and began to argue.

Allegedly Taboh grabbed a steering wheel lock and began knocking out the windows of the car. And allegedly Mbah then punched her and hit her in the head with the steering wheel lock. Taboh was knocked unconcious.

Emergency personnel transported Victorine Taboh to the hospital where she was treated and released.

Stephen Mujerm Mbah was arrested and transported to the jail where he was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault,  reckless endangerment, and yes- driving under the influence.

ydr.com                    wmdt.com             news.yahoo.com

The proposal may have been romantic, the evening may have been perfect. But the end really doesn’t bode well for the marriage.

This argument went from property damage to personal injury. And it is what I call a “double whammy.” If you check Domestic Violence and Abuse: Types, Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Effects you will see destruction of the victim’s personal property and possessions, or threats to do so as one of the signs of domestic violence. And in some states she could and possibly would have been charged with domestic violence.

But not content with just calling police, he not only retaliated he escalated the fight to assault, which of course is always on the list.

Once it is begun, domestic violence doesn’t usually go away on it’s own. And with both of them being active participants, I fear for both of them.

If they really want to survive, if they really want to make a successful relationship…..IMO they should take a break apart. They should both enroll and complete a domestic violence course and I mean really work at it and practice what they learn. And then they should reevaluate whether this is really what they want to do.

Now someone is gonna tell me, I know they are: “But he was drinking, possibly she was too.” “They love each other, they really didn’t mean it.” And that very well may be true. But remember alcohol does not cause domestic violence. It eases the inhibitions against violence but does not cause it. And people who are violent when they are drinking, often become violent when under stress- even if they are not drinking.

Other relevant reading here might be Relationship Violence Warning Signs. Though that article is mainly geared toward a male abuser, some aspects of it apply toward females also.